You forgot your toothbrush on vacation—should you borrow your spouse’s or skip it for the night? You get home late and you’re tired but starving. Do you grab a light snack that won’t be satisfying or eat a full dinner and go to bed on a full stomach? Got similar health dilemmas? Share them with us and we may solve them in an upcoming story!
Look Twice: Chinese artist Liu Bolin camouflaged himself for a series of photos called Hiding in the City. They’re metaphors for government suppression of art, he says. Other scenes he’s painted himself into include the rubble of earthquakes in the countryside and a wall with text from The Communist Manifesto scrawled on it. From the February 2013 issue of Reader’s Digest, available digitally now.
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I swear I will never again forget to get my flu shot. I spent the holiday quarantined in my bedroom. I missed out on all the food, fun and fellowship with my family who had driven 400 miles to celebrate.
We’re back from the holiday and looking for new submissions on RD StoryBox!
Peace Out, Purell: New Product Sanitizes Your Throat
It’s called Halo Oral Antiseptic, and three quick sprays at the back of your throat—choose berry or citrus-flavored—protects you for six hours. A study at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Ohio found the spray effective in killing 99.9 percent of infectious airborne germs.
Age may lead to experience in many things, but when it comes to the skills needed to pull-off intricate robotic surgery, youth may hold the upper hand—or the upper joystick, as it turns out.
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston held a face-off between surgeons-in-training and a bunch of high school sophomores and college students, pitting them against each other on a robotic surgical simulator. Results: The tenth graders (mean age 16) blew everyone away, followed by the college students (mean age 21). Dead last were the medical residents, whose age was a comparatively ancient 31. In the study, the high schoolers reported playing video games for an average of two hours a day, the college students four.
This wasn’t just some shoot ‘em up video game. The superior skills of the high school and college students on the surgical simulator included how much tension they put on their instruments, how precise their hand-eye coordination was, and how steady their grasping skills were when performing surgical tasks such as suturing, passing a needle, or lifting surgical instruments with robotic arms.